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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. A customary feature of a literary work - such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy - the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable - or the use of a particular rhyme scheme in a villanelle.

2. The narrator is outside of the story and tells the story from the perspective of only one character.

3. Prose writing about real people - places - and events.

4. A fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter.

5. A type of poem characterized by brevity - compression - and the expression of feeling.

6. The way people speak in various parts of the country or around the world.

7. A struggle or clash between opposing characters - forces - or emotions.

8. An interruption of a work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time frame of a work's action.

9. A figure of speech in which an inanimate object animal - or idea is given human qualities or characteristics.

10. A person - place - thing or event that has meaning in itself and also stands for something more than itself.

11. As the conflict(s) develop and the characters attempt to revolve those conflicts - suspense builds.

12. A concrete representation of a sense impression - a feeling - or an idea.

13. A figure of speech in which two things are compared using 'like' or 'as'.

14. A lyrical poem that laments the dead.

15. A nineteen-line lyric poem that relies heavily on repetition.

16. An eight-line unit - which may constitue a stanza; or a section of a poem - as in the octave of a sonnet.

17. Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or story.

18. Then narrator is a character in the story and tells the reader his/her story using the pronoun 'I'.

19. A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning.

20. A subsidiary or subordinate or parallel plot in a play or story that coexists with the main plot.

21. A comparison between two things that share certain similarities.

22. The grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue.

23. A poem of thirty-nine lines and written in iambic pentameter.

24. The turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. It represents the point of greatest tension in the work.

25. A phrase or expression that has been repeated so often it has lost its significance.

26. A six-line unit of verse constituting a stanza or section of a poem.

27. The conversation of characters in a literary work.

28. A historical or literary reference to a person - place - thing - or event that the reader is expected to recognize.

29. A word that closely resembles the sound that the word is supposed to make.

30. An intensification of the conflict in a story or play.

31. The emotion or feeling a word creates.

32. Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.

33. A short story that teaches a moral or a religious lesson.

34. A humorous moment in a serious drama that temporarily relieves the mounting tension.

35. A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

36. A strong pause within a line.

37. A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next.

38. The idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language - character - and action - and cast in the form of a generalization.

39. A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a seperate stanza in a poem.

40. A metrical foot with two unstressed syllables.

41. A tension created as the reader becomes involved in a story and when the author leaves the reader in doubt about what is coming next.

42. The time and place of a story or play.

43. The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose.

44. The resolution of the plot of a literarture work.

45. Words spoken by one character in a play - either directly to the audience or to another character - that the other characters supposedly do not hear.

46. A figure of speech in which two completely unlike things are compared.

47. A story passed down over the generations that was once believed to be true.

48. The vantage point from which the writer tells the story.

49. The group of readers to whom a piece of literature is directed.

50. The use of symbols in literature to convey meaning.